Around the end of December or the first of January I will be getting a new Smart-Phone. In the past I've had some Nokia's, Palm's and some Blackberry's. To date, my favorite has been the Blackberrys, but being up for trying anything new/better I've been checking out the Android market. I've noticed what would appear to be some very nice phones that have the potential to meet my needs nicely. However, I've have also noticed one very odd situation in the Android market. The Android App Market appears to be very mysterious and secretive. All ads for Android devices tout the thousands of apps available, but no where are you able to see the full selection, unless you own an Android Device. I find this very odd indeed. Places like Handango, Crackberry and others allow you to check out apps for just about any device. Additionally they have user reviews that give you some idea as to the quality of the app as well as it's price, if any. Such information provides a potential customer the ability to confirm that a particular device will meet his/her needs prior to making the investment. I would have thought that Google would be happy to provide a similar environment for potential Android buyers, but such is not the case. Kinda makes one wonder just how many apps there really are and how good they are. Imagine, if you would, going into a diner and ordering a meal. You have no idea what's on the menu, how much it will cost or what the service will be like, but once you enter you will be obligated to pay for it. How long do you think that diner would stay in business? I haven't made up my mind yet, but in as much as I'm not very big on taking unnecessary risks and I'm not a very trusting person, it doesn't look good for Android. Can anyone explain why there's so much secrecy behind the app market and why they don't want potential buyers to see what's there before they make a decision to buy an Android phone?